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Cornerspring Montessori School offers an excellent educational option for families with children aged 18 months to 12 years in Knox and Waldo counties. An independent school founded in 2001 by Paula Johnson, Cornerspring’s educational offerings are based on the teachings and philosophies of the late Italian physician and educator, Dr. Maria Montessori.  In 2017, Cornerspring Montessori School moved to its permanent home at 256 Congress Street in Belfast, Maine.  Situated on more than 35 acres of woodlands, Cornerspring offers opportunities for nature-based education, outdoor adventures and gardening.

Designed and built by Belfast-based architecture and construction firm GO Logic, the new facility incorporates a Passive House-standard building shell with R-50 walls, an R-100 roof, and triple-glazed windows. Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels supply the majority of the building’s electricity. Decentralized, ductless heat pumps provide heating and cooling, while a fully integrated heat-recovery ventilation system ensures a continuous supply of tempered fresh air.

Our programs include toddler, preschool, kindergarten and elementary classes as well as before and after school care.  We offer a summer camp for families living in or visiting the mid-coast Maine area.

A dedicated, compassionate and creative teaching staff provides a stimulating atmosphere where students gain a connection with their environment as they develop physical, social and intellectual independence.

For more information feel free to contact us.

Our Goals and Objectives

Cornerspring Montessori School strives to:

  • Provide programs using a modified approach to the methods, philosophy, and teachings of Maria Montessori.
  • Provide a rich and nurturing learning environment for children in the Waldo County area and surrounding towns of Belfast ages 18 months to 12 years of age, where they can develop skills to become self motivated and confident learners.
  • Compliment the Montessori curriculum with additional educational experiences, such as art, music, foreign language, environmental and physical education, etc.
  • Provide the most nurturing and highly educated teaching staff trained in Montessori education and philosophies.
  • Provide all children with a learning experience that will allow them to learn independently and in an environment that will stimulate, foster, and nurture the love for learning that will continue to develop throughout their life.
  • Value, respect, and support its employees. They are counted on to represent the school professionally and do the utmost to serve the children’s needs academically, socially, and emotionally.
  • Participate in and make contributions to numerous community charity organizations with priority to those helping children, families, education, and the environment.
  • Provide an educational facility that accepts all children as individuals and does not discriminate in anyway based on race, ethnic background, gender, disability, financial position, etc.

Board of Trustees

Michael Comer, President

Geoff Bird, Vice President

Fred Jackson, Treasurer

Michael Comer, Secretary

Jennifer Albee,  Trustee

Charndra Michaud, Trustee

Scott Kelley, Trustee

Geir Gasiednes, Trustee

Hours of Operation

School Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Early care: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Morning classes: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

All day classes: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Aftercare: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

School Calendar

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Summer Camp

2018 Summer Poster



CMS Brochure


Parent Handbook

Cornerspring is committed to individualized education, allowing children freedom to develop at their own pace. We strive to satisfy a child’s need to know, to belong, to feel safe and secure, and to develop self-esteem.

“Within the child lies the fate of the future” -Dr. Maria Montessori 1870-1952